Study examines brain differences related to sexual orientation

This post summarizes a new study by Ivanka Savic and Per Lindstrom, titled “PET and MRI show differences in cerebral asymmetry and functional connectivity between homo- and heterosexual subjects” and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. This is being reported widely in the press.The abstract reads Cerebral responses to putative pheromones and objects of sexual attraction were recently found to differ between homo- and heterosexual subjects. Although this obs … [Read more...]

Multiple factors involved in sexual orientation: New study

A new study released online with Archives of Sexual Behavior and via press release today propose a relatively small role for family attitudes in the direction of sexual attraction, with more of the explanation being factors not shared by siblings.Society's attitudes have little impact on choice of sexual partner[PRESS RELEASE 16 June 2008] A unique new study from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institute (KI) suggests that the attitude of families and the public have little … [Read more...]

Abeo: Ex-gay in the UK?

The Irish Iris Robinson controversy appears to have quieted down somewhat. I noted last week that Northern Ireland's "first lady" entered controversial waters by declaring homosexuality an abomination, with subsequent embellishments. Mrs. Robinson further recommended therapy for gays to change via a psychiatrist, Paul Miller, who advises Mrs. Robinson on health matters.As noted in my initial post on this topic, I wrote to Paul Miller to ask him if he endorsed the bioenergetics techniques of … [Read more...] – Just add another letter "l"

I noted recently that the site removed the links to get a pastoral counseling certificate. However, now I see that the folks from Phoenix State University have gone British and added an "l" to the old URL yielding testimonials, same spare bedroom... … [Read more...]

A new blog for New Directions

Wendy Gritter's New Direction ministry has started a blog called, Bridging the Gap. The blog may have the sound of a Bridges Across the Divide but aims for a more relational tone.Go by and give Wendy a shout, eh? … [Read more...]

Records temporarily sealed in Scinto vs. Mankind Project

Last Friday (6/6/08), a Harris County, TX judge partially granted a motion to seal the Scinto wrongful death case. The Mankind Project wanted the case marked confidential and the Exhibit A removed from the settlement document. Exhibit A spelled out changes agreed to by MKP which I reported here last week. As it stands now, the case is "sealed temporarily" with another hearing to be held on July 18, 2008. … [Read more...]

Irish legislator embroiled in controversy over comments about homosexuality

Iris Robinson, the "first lady" of Ireland and also a MP (member of Parliament) from Northern Ireland has stepped into controversy with comments about her oppostion to homosexuality and her beliefs that gays can change with counseling. With what should seem in hindsight to be a very poor sense of timing, she made her negative comments about homosexuality in response to a question about a hate crime in Belfast, Northern Ireland directed toward a gay man. Taking a page from the Sally Kern … [Read more...] An update

Last week, I posted a link to a website purporting to offer a pastoral counseling certificate which would allow the recipient to circumvent state licensing laws.The image above is what it looked like prior to the post. Click on the link to see it now. Replacing the testimonials about making money doing counseling is a rambling essay called "What is a pastoral counselor?" There are no links to send in money, no glowing reports of life change via getting a certificate from Phoenix State … [Read more...]